iDE Global

John leads iDE's global programming across our Climate, Resilience, and Agriculture technical sectors. In addition, he is responsible for representing iDE within the UK and Europe, and is especially interested in forming strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations to empower entrepreneurs to grow their business and improve their livelihoods in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. With his expertise in climate resilience, renewable energy, and environmental management, John provides iDE project teams with technical assistance on these subjects and acts as a champion for iDE’s efforts in how our projects can address the nexus of climate change and agriculture through resilient market ecosystems development.

John has a strong interdisciplinary academic background and practical experience in the intersections of developmental theory and field implementation. He has helped develop tools to measure the results of projects focused on climate resilience and is the co-creator of a smartphone-based application that brings digital, tailored advice to farmers dealing with challenges brought about by climate change. John received his PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering and his Master’s in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. He has been the lead author for six scientific publications and a co-author on five others.


Choptiany, John Michael Humphries, Christopher Kevin Nicoletti, Lindsay Van Beck, Victoria Seekman, Lina Henao, Natasha Buchholz, Tejovan Parker, Rakesh Kothari, Md. Hedyiet Ullah, and Corey O’Hara. 2021. "The Market Systems Resilience Index: A Multi-Dimensional Tool for Development Practitioners to Assess Resilience at Multiple Levels" Sustainability 13, no. 20: 11210.

Diserens, F., Choptiany, J., Barjolle, D., Graeub, B., & Durand, C., Six. 2018. Resilience Assessment of Swiss Farming Systems: Piloting the SHARP-Tool in Vaud. Sustainability 10(12), 4435. Sustainability

Choptiany, J., Graeub, B., Hatik, S., & Ledermann, S. 2018.  Participatory assessment and Adaptation for Resilience to Climate Change. Topic 6. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Agriculture. Sixth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD).

Choptiany, J., Phillips, S., Graeub, B.E., Colozza, D., Settle, W., Herren, B., & Batello, C. 2016. SHARP: Integrating a traditional survey with participatory self-evaluation and learning for climate change resilience assessment. Journal of Climate and Development.

Choptiany, J., 2015. SHARP – lessons from developing a holistic and participatory self-assessment of climate resilience for farmers and pastoralists. World Food System Conference. Ascona, Switzerland.

Choptiany, J., Pelot, R., Brydie, J. & Gunter, B. 2015. An MCDA risk assessment framework for carbon capture and storage. International Journal of Decision Support Systems. Vol 1, No.4.

Choptiany, J., Pelot, R. & Sherren, K. 2014. An Interdisciplinary perspective on carbon capture and storage assessment methods. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Vol 18. (3).

Choptiany, J.& Pelot, R. 2014. A multi-criteria decision analysis framework and risk assessment model for carbon capture and storage. Journal of Risk Analysis. Vol 34 (9).

Batello, C., Cox, S., Wade, L., Pogna, N., Bozzini, A. & Choptiany, J. Eds. 2014. Proceedings from FAO expert workshop on perennial crops for food security. FAO publication. (Editor and chapter author.)

Thrupp, L.A., Colozza, D., & Choptiany, J. 2014. The influence of food systems on the adoption of agroecological practices: Political-economic factors that hinder or facilitate change. In Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium. 18-19 September 2014, Rome, Italy.

Colozza, D. & Choptiany, J. 2014. Urban and peri-urban agroecological production system. In Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium. 18-19 September 2014, Rome, Italy.

Graub, B. & Choptiany, J. 2014. Food producers at the centre of the Water-Food-Climate Nexus: Implementing SHARP to increase climate resilience. Nexus 2014: water, food, climate and energy conference. Chapel Hill. USA.

More about John

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Vice President, Programs


Dalhousie University
PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering
M.S., Resource and Environmental Management

Joined iDE


Areas of Expertise

  • Resilience Measurement
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking
  • Climate Change Adaption